Tinubu needs Rivers’ votes, not logistics support, Umahi tells Wike

Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has informed his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, needs the votes from Rivers State to win the 2023 presidential election, and not his (Wike) logistics help

Mr Umahi urged Mr Wike to ship the votes of the Rivers State to the APC candidate.

The Ebonyi State governor, a member of the APC, said this throughout the inauguration of Akpabu-Itu-Omudiogha-Egbeda Highway in Emohua Native Authorities Space of Rivers State on Tuesday.

A video clip of the occasion was posted on Channels TV’s Fb web page.

“You’re a doer of promise,” Governor Umahi started.

“We now have seen the way you promised some candidates logistics help. My celebration APC doesn’t want logistics. We’d like votes only for the presidential one solely. All I’m asking is that presidential one. I’ll not ask what’s unattainable. Maintain the presidential votes for Asiwaju (Tinubu),” Mr Umahi appealed.

Mr Wike, a member of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP), has been having a lingering face-off along with his celebration’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and the Nationwide Chairman of the celebration, Iyorchia Ayu.

The governor promised logistics help for the campaigns of the presidential candidate of the Labour Social gathering, Peter Obi, and his New Nigeria Peoples Social gathering counterpart, Rabiu Kwankwaso, when the duo lately visited the state to fee tasks constructed by the governor.

Mr Wike and different 4 governors that make up the G5 have been demanding the resignation of the PDP chairman, Mr Ayu, to pave the way in which for a southerner to guide the celebration as a way to obtain a “regional stability”.

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The governors’ argument is that each Mr Ayu and Atiku hail from northern Nigeria.

PDP disaster: Umahi backs Wike

Mr Umahi additionally backed the Rivers State governor on his insistence for fairness and regional stability within the polity. He mentioned Mr Wike’s battle was consistent with the decision of southern governors in Asaba, Delta State, for energy to shift from north to the south.

“You’ll by no means depart from that accord. On Asaba accord I stand (too),” Mr Umahi informed Mr Wike.

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“Your battle is not private. You’re preventing to maintain this nation collectively and God is with you. I need to guarantee you that I’m with you on this battle.”

The Ebonyi governor mentioned he too is a supporter of fairness and justice, which he mentioned, was his foundation for backing requires the presidency to be zoned to southern Nigeria.

He mentioned he was dissatisfied to have misplaced the APC presidential major, regardless of calls by northern governors that energy ought to shift to the south in 2023.

Mr Umahi joked that the G5 ought to be expanded to G6 to incorporate him as a member.

“The G5 is hereby expanded to G6. I’m now a member of G6. So, while you need to name a gathering of the integrity group, invite me too. And plenty of different governors need to be a part of this as a result of they’ve seen that there’s salvation of the nation in what you’re doing,” Mr Umahi added.

Mr Wike, in March, requested Mr Umahi handy over energy to the 2019 PDP governorship candidate in Ebonyi State after a Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja sacked the governor and his deputy for defecting to the APC after profitable election within the state.

The Court docket of Enchantment would later reverse the judgment.

However Mr Wike defined that the disagreement with Mr Umahi at the moment was borne out of his need to guard the PDP.

“Let me publicly say most individuals thought that you simply and I had been quarreling, (and that) we’re not on talking phrases. My pricey individuals, I need to say this, David Umahi has no downside with me personally.

“If there may be one governor that David Nwaeze Umahi could be very near, it’s me. I used to be defending our celebration when he took our mandate and ran away,” Mr Wike mentioned.

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